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Re: BUG #5196: Excessive memory consumption when using csvlog

From: Thomas Poindessous <thomas(at)poindessous(dot)com>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: BUG #5196: Excessive memory consumption when using csvlog
Date: 2009-11-19 05:59:51
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for csv output, we have a 750 Mo logfile. But on another site, we have
an logfile of 1,6 Go and logger process was using more than 3 Go of

Even with our configuration (log collector, silent mode and
csv/stderr), we launched potsgresql daemon like this :
pg_ctl -l ${HOME}/pgsql/logs/postgres.log start

so we have three logfiles :

postgresql.log (always empty)
postgresql-YYYY-MM-DD.csv (big file if set to csvlog)
postgresql-YYYY-MM-DD.log (always empty if set to csvlog)


2009/11/19 Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>:
> "Poindessous Thomas" <thomas(at)poindessous(dot)com> writes:
>> we have a weird bug. When using csvlog instead of stderr, the postgres
>> logger process uses a lot of memory. We even had an OOM error with kernel.
> I poked at this a bit and noted that if only one of the two possible
> output files is rotated, logfile_rotate() leaks a copy of the other
> file's name.  At the default settings this would only amount to one
> filename string for every 10MB of output ... how much log output
> does your test scenario generate?
>                        regards, tom lane

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